Turkey Burrito Bowl

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Waste Not, Want Not: Turkey Burrito Bowl! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times…freeze leftover meat for another day. I’m still working on that 22-pound turkey I baked some time ago. You’d certainly never know it by the variety of meals we’ve eaten. Soups, sliders, hash, and the daily special are among the numerous ways we reduce food waste while saving money. By adding fresh produce and grains, using leftover turkey simply becomes a brilliant time saving option. You probably utilize leftovers yourself without even giving it a second thought. I’m thinking stir-fry, casseroles, omelets, and basic sammies. See how easy it is? Just don’t tell the kids.

TURKEY BURRITO BOWL

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked turkey, shredded

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup vinegar

2 tablespoons butter

Sides: Avocado, lettuce, red onion, tomato, rice, yogurt, and tortilla corn chips

Cilantro, for garnish

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine shredded turkey, garlic powder, kosher salt, orange juice, vinegar, and butter. Transfer to an ovenproof covered dish. Bake 30 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. If necessary, remove lid after 30 minutes to allow the juices to breathe. Serve seasoned turkey with instant rice, tortilla chips, and fresh produce.

Quickly Grilled Pork Loin Chops

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Timeless Classics: Quickly-Grilled Pork Loin Chops! Uncover the grill for another mouth-watering main course that is sure to please. Imagine the sound of a sizzle soon followed by an aroma-filled cloud of char-grilled pork that is enough to make your stomach growl. Within minutes, a tender moist slice is tested and savored before anything else.

QUICKLY-GRILLED PORK LOIN CHOPS

Ingredients:

4 bone-in pork loin chops, center cut 3/4″ thick

3-4 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Herb and Garlic seasoning*

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 tablespoon butter, unsalted

Rosemary sprigs to garnish

Instructions:

Place 2 tablespoons olive oil in a shallow dish. Sprinkle with half the Mrs. Dash Herb and Garlic seasoning plus the seasoned salt. Place pork loin chops in a single layer, pressing down slightly to absorb the spices. Pour remaining olive oil over top; sprinkle with seasonings. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate one hour. Remove dish from refrigerator 15 minutes before grilling. Preheat grill on medium-high heat, about 375°. Cook pork loins for 6 minutes per side for 3/4″ chops. Turn only once. Cut time in half for thinner chops. Discard marinade. Do not over cook. The internal color of cooked pork is white fading to light pink in the center. Transfer pork loin chops to a serving platter; let rest for 10 minutes before serving. This results in juicier meat. Garnish with a dab of butter and rosemary sprigs.

Roasted Corn Salad

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Be Our Guest: Roasted Corn Salad! Nothing tastes better than fresh corn. Shuck it off the cob to make a spectacular side dish that goes well with quesadillas, tacos, and grilled meats. This make-ahead roasted corn salad is another picnic basket favorite that travels well and satisfies a crowd. Simply modify the portions to match the event. It’s fresh, it’s spicy, and it’ll keep ’em coming back for more.

ROASTED CORN SALAD

Ingredients:

3 ounces cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon water

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

3 ears bicolor corn, shucked off cob

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup black beans, drained

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon cumin powder

1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

1 jalapeño pepper, chopped

1 ripe tomato, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions:

Combine the cider vinegar, water, olive oil, sugar, sea salt, and white pepper in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool at room temperature. In an iron skillet over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil. Drop the corn kernels into the skillet; stir to coat. Every few minutes, turn corn with a spatula. As the kernels begin to char, continue turning until corn is tender, about 6-7 minutes. It may be necessary to reduce heat. Place black beans in a large covered bowl. Transfer roasted corn to same bowl. Sprinkle with garlic powder, cumin powder, and Cajun seasoning. Add chopped jalapeño pepper, tomato, green pepper, celery, red onion, and cooled marinade. Mix thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight. Before serving, garnish with fresh cilantro.

X-tra Tender Marinated Chicken

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? The Clean Plate Club: X-tra Tender Marinated Chicken! Here is one recipe that definitely lives up to its name. Tender. And I mean “melt-in-your-mouth” tender. For variety, I have used the marinade ingredients but switched the meat between chicken and pork. Both with astounding results. Because I literally took the meat out of the freezer and popped it in the slow-cooker may be another reason the outcome was so effective. Do it first thing in the morning before you’re off and running. When you return home later on, the irresistible aromas will greet you at the door. For a finishing touch, flash fry the pieces (plus juices from the marinade) in an oiled iron skillet at high temperature for a minimal amount of time. The results will leave everyone singing your praises. You can thank me later.

X-TRA TENDER MARINATED CHICKEN

Ingredients:

2-3 pounds chicken

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup vinegar

1 cup orange juice

1/4 cup kosher salt

1 tablespoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Oil for frying

Lemon and capers for garnish

Instructions:

Place chicken in a slow-cooker. Combine melted butter, vinegar, orange juice, kosher salt, oregano, and garlic powder. Pour over meat. Cover. If meat is frozen, set timer for four hours on High, then four hours on Low. If meat is thawed, set timer for eight hours on Low. When finished, using a tongs, transfer chicken to a platter. Reserve marinade. To “flash fry”, warm an iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on medium heat. Add chicken. Do not overcrowd. Ladle a small portion of marinade juice over chicken. It will sizzle, so a screen lid is recommended. After 2-3 minutes gently turn juicy chicken to char the other side. Add oil to prevent meat from sticking. Repeat until all chicken is fried. This works well with boneless or shredded meat. Serve warm with assorted vegetables. Garnish with capers and lemon slices.

Eating My Way Through the Alphabet: Letter H

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Home Cooking featuring a Happy Hobo Picnic! The best thing about this recipe is ANY combination of meat and vegetables can be used! No more picky eaters. Everyone chooses the vegetables they favor that appeal to their personal taste buds. And clean-up is a snap leaving more time for recreation, shopping, and fun!

HAPPY HOBO PICNIC

Ingredients:

2 pounds of beef tips, marinated

1 onion, sliced

4 new red potatoes, sliced

1 pound of carrots, peeled and cut up

2 ears of corn, cut into thirds

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Dash black pepper

6 tablespoons butter, sliced

Beef Tip Marinade:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup garlic wine vinegarette

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Combine marinade ingredients and pour over beef tips. Cover. Allow to marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Remove tips and discard marinade.

Instructions for Hobo Packets:

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Prepare foil packets for single serving. Layer beef, onion, carrots, corn, and potatoes. Season with spices to taste. Place 1 tablespoon of sliced butter in each packet. Wrap foil around food and seal tightly. Grill 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Carefully open each packet and serve. Caution: Steam will escape packets when opened.

Eating My Way Through the Alphabet; Letter H

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Home Cooking featuring a Happy Hobo Picnic! The best thing about this recipe is ANY combination of meat and vegetables can be used! No more picky eaters. Everyone chooses the vegetables they favor that appeal to their personal taste buds. And clean-up is a snap leaving more time for outdoor fun!
HAPPY HOBO PICNIC
Ingredients:

2 pounds of beef tips, marinated 

1 onion, sliced

4 new red potatoes, sliced

1 pound of carrots, peeled and cut up

2 ears of corn, cut into thirds

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence 

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

Dash black pepper

6 tablespoons butter, sliced
Beef Tip Marinade:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup garlic wine vinegarette 

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Combine marinade ingredients and pour over beef tips. Cover. Allow to marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Remove tips and discard marinade. 
Instructions for Hobo Packets:

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Prepare foil packets for single serving. Layer beef, onion, carrots, corn, and potatoes. Season with spices to taste. Place 1 tablespoon of sliced butter in each packet. Wrap foil around food and seal tightly. Grill 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Carefully open each packet and serve. Caution: Steam will escape packets when opened.